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Report: NFL Owners Came Up With Some Dumb*ss Ideas To Stop Anthem Protests

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https://deadspin.com/report-nfl-owners-came-up-with-some-stupid donkey-ideas-to-s-1826255935

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ESPN reports that NFL owners met yesterday to brainstorm ways to prevent their players from protesting against inequality and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. Did this crew of mushy billionaires stuffed into ill-fitting suits come up with some horrendously bad ideas? Of course they did!

Here’s the owners’ proposed list of solutions, from ESPN:

  • Allow each team to implement its own policy
  • Clear the field of all football personnel while the anthem is played
  • Instruct players who don’t want to stand to remain in the locker room while the anthem is played
  • Impose penalties on teams and players who do not stand, including a 15-yard penalty and/or fines
  • Add contract language that requires players to stand
  • Leave the current policy in place

What I like about this list is that you can imagine it tracking with the owners getting increasingly fussy throughout the meeting. The first two ideas are perfectly logical solutions, and seem to have been produced by fresh, alert minds. The next one probably came about when the meeting’s runtime was starting to bump up against tee times and folks were getting crabby. The last few were probably the result of a few people in the room having missed their scheduled naps.

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How about this quaint idea:  Don't play the National Anthem.

Of course that would result in wailing and gnashing of teeth from the MAGA types, and probably some loss of revenue from the military-industrial complex.

 

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4 hours ago, Muda69 said:

https://deadspin.com/report-nfl-owners-came-up-with-some-stupid donkey-ideas-to-s-1826255935

How about this quaint idea:  Don't play the National Anthem.

Of course that would result in wailing and gnashing of teeth from the MAGA types, and probably some loss of revenue from the military-industrial complex.

 

Pretty simple solution. If you want to protest inequalities, do it on your own time, not your employers time. 99% of the people in this country would get fired or reprimanded for doing what these NFL players. Should have been the rule from the getgo, MLB and NBA have already had rules in place for years. And no chance the NFL will disallow the Anthem, the United States Defense Department gives the NFL wayyyy too much money for the NFL to dissolve the National Anthem. The solution they came up with is the most logical, stand or don't come out.

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Teams will now be fined if their employees don't show sufficient on-field respect during the National Anthem, because we live in a very serious country.: http://reason.com/blog/2018/05/23/nfl-players-will-respect-the-flags-autho

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Because nothing says "patriotism" quite like ordering people under penalty of a fine to stand up during the National Anthem, the taxpayer-soaking cajillionaireswho run the National Football League have announced a new policy of fining any team caught having an employee sitting, kneeling, or acting disrespectfully on the field while "The Star-Spangled Banner" plays before a game.

"We want people to be respectful of the national anthem," explained NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "We want people to stand...and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That's something we think we owe. [But] we were also very sensitive to give players choices."

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Under the new policy, players will have the option (which they enjoyed before 2009) of sitting the anthem out inside the locker room. Also, in addition to the league fining the employers of the star-spangled scofflaws, teams themselves will have the discretion of fining non-compliant players. Goodell surely hopes that such fraught solicitousness to White House feelings will be greeted as a stately compromise, and maybe players will indeed roll their eyes and get on with their lives.

But there's something pathetic and insecure about the whole exercise. The United States is a patriotic and religious country that (rightly!) loves its darn sports, especially the homegrown troika of football, baseball, and basketball. Enforcing that love through coerced rituals and Pentagon product placements is not a projection of strength; it's an expression of weakness. Saying "How high?" when a president says "Jump!" is behavior suitable for a royal subject, not an American citizen. Rewarding politicians for playing fan bases off of one another—unless it's Red Sox–Yankees, in which case the old Iran-Iraq rules apply—isn't cheeky-clever, it's creepy-vulgar.

Have some damned confidence, America, and stop listening to confidence men.

Now, for some postgame analysis, here's Ken White:

Political correctness is ruining free speech in America. To fight it, we insist that professional athletes participate in nationalist rituals in the proscribed fashion without expressing any views, to avoid offense. To do otherwise would endorse snowflakes and their safe spaces.

— HerebyDemandHat (@Popehat) May 23, 2018

Mr. White is correct.

 

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32 minutes ago, Muda69 said:

Teams will now be fined if their employees don't show sufficient on-field respect during the National Anthem, because we live in a very serious country.: http://reason.com/blog/2018/05/23/nfl-players-will-respect-the-flags-autho

Mr. White is correct.

Not very often I agree with you Muda but I never have and never will understand how peaceful protest trying to draw attention to an issue in this country is "un-American". 

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58 minutes ago, Gamecock Part Deux said:

Not very often I agree with you Muda but I never have and never will understand how peaceful protest trying to draw attention to an issue in this country is "un-American". 

Because Flag. Military. Patriotism. Nationalism.    Any appearance of not fully supporting any of these concept is enough to bet you labeled as "un-American".

 

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On 5/24/2018 at 11:58 AM, Gamecock Part Deux said:

Not very often I agree with you Muda but I never have and never will understand how peaceful protest trying to draw attention to an issue in this country is "un-American". 

To me, it's not about necessarily about being un-American.  But it insensitive and is hurtful to so many Americans that have significantly invested in the defense of this country.  To so many veterans and their families.  1.1 million Americans have come home (or haven't come home) paying the ultimate price for this country.  The flag and anthem represents our country to so many.  Our flag covers the coffins of every American defending this country dies and does make it home.  That flag is then folded and handed to a wife, husband, mother, dad, etc.  Bottom line, it's emotional and has deep meaning for so many.

Most people don't have an issue with the protest and why....its when and how the protest occurs.  And the message is being lost.  

Whether one agrees or disagrees with using the anthem and flag as a means to protest isn't really the issue...its knowing that doing so causes pain to so many...and yet chooses to continuing it.  Using the flag and anthem to protest absolutely alienates people.

Not about flag protest and since this is a football forum, thought I would ask if folks have seen this yet?  Very well done.

 

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